BlackBerry Bridge is an application that exists on a BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry smartphone, enabling the two to exchange information between one another. BlackBerry Bridge gives both devices access to one another’s file system, and allows PlayBook users to access messages, SMS messages, calendar, contacts, memo, tasks, and BBM. BlackBerry Bridge also allows the smartphone to remotely control the PlayBook with a virtual mouse (with full access to pane gestures) and typing through the handheld’s keyboard.
Mar 18, 2014
BlackBerry still actively working on PlayBook OS updates, Bridge update now available
If you've been wondering whether or not BlackBerry was still actively working on PlayBook OS updates, it seems there's enough information out there to say they are indeed. Although there's no sign of when or even if it will be rolled out, they've now got OS version 220.127.116.115 certified and right at this very moment, there's a BlackBerry Bridge update rolling out through BlackBerry World with a few changes in it. Thanks, Thurask!
Dec 06, 2013
BlackBerry Bridge for BlackBerry 10 updated to v18.104.22.168
If you've been sitting back wondering when or even if BlackBerry Bridge would see another update then wonder no more. For BlackBerry 10 users making use of a BlackBerry PlayBook, the app has now jumped into v22.214.171.124 and covers a few small bug fixes as outlined through the change log in BlackBerry World.
Sep 20, 2013
BlackBerry Bridge gets updated with full BlackBerry 10 support
All PlayBook owners can rejoice today as BlackBerry Bridge has been updated to version 126.96.36.199 - bringing full support to BlackBerry 10 devices. Although long overdue, those of us that are still rocking our PlayBooks can now at least get the full features we were used to having on legacy devices.
Mar 01, 2013
BlackBerry Bridge for BlackBerry 10 updated to v188.8.131.52
If you're rocking a BlackBerry Z10 and using a BlackBerry PlayBook over BlackBerry Bridge, you'll want to hit up BlackBerry World. The latest release of BlackBerry Bridge has now landed and is available for download. Sadly, it still doesn't bring it on par with the BlackBerry OS version but it does have some bug fixes for barcode pairing, which was a problem for some folks out there. You can update from within BlackBerry World or click the link below.
Feb 06, 2013
BlackBerry Bridge on BlackBerry 10 - Dumbed down and not as useful
UPDATE - Shortly after we published this article, BlackBerry published their own article addressing the matter. In short, there is more updates coming to BlackBerry Bridge for BlackBerry 10 soon. You can read the full details via their post on the BlackBerry Blog.
For BlackBerry owners who are also BlackBerry PlayBook owners, one great combining feature was the option to use BlackBerry Bridge. Since it was released, BlackBerry Bridge has grown to be a really useful application that allows BBM, email, SMS, browsing and even shared file browsing between BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry tablets. With the release of BlackBerry 10 and ultimately the BlackBerry Z10, I can't help but feel a little robbed by its current implementation as it's severely lacking and feels quite a bit dumbed down -- and just downright not as useful now.
Nov 05, 2012
BlackBerry Bridge updated to v184.108.40.206
If you're having issues with the last build of BlackBerry Bridge such as duplicate text messages, you can now load up BlackBerry App World and grab a newer version. Most folks should see v220.127.116.11 available but if you're on an older device, it can vary starting at v18.104.22.168. Either way, the update is there and ready for download. Thanks, rroyy!
Much like BBM over Bridge, you have to have it selected to be used over Bridge. However, by default it is already selected and you should find it already in the BlackBerry Bridge folder on your PlayBook. It can also be used in portrait mode.
So, if you are still a big user of text messaging like I am (mainly due to having to communicate with friends and family on othe platforms) then this is a nice addition to the BlackBerry Bridge family.
If you haven't already update to the latest BlackBerry Bridge get it now through BlackBerry App World. Check out the video above for a quick look at Text Messages over BlackBerry Bridge.
Sep 24, 2012
Does this BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and Bridge 2.1 Overview document indicate the update is coming soon?
BlackBerry PlayBook owners are quite anxious to get the OS 2.1 update, and rumors have been flying about when, exactly, we can expect to see it become available. Some documentation surfaced online (and then was quickly pulled) in the form of a PDF titled BlackBerry Bridge App 2.1 and BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet 2.1 Security Technical Overview. While much of the information contained in the document is pretty generic and corresponds to information we saw already back in July, and the document is in fact dated July 19th, 2012, I'm sure there are many of you out there that would enjoy picking through the PDF and looking for interesting tidbits.
You can join in the discussion regarding this document and further speculation about how it corresponds with the impending release of BlackBerry Bridge 2.1 and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 in the forums at the link below.
Sep 18, 2012
BlackBerry PlayBook OS 22.214.171.1242 suggested to be arriving tomorrow along with BlackBerry Bridge 2.1 [Updated]
*UPDATE* - As noted previously, RIM has a habit of switching dates at the last minute and this release seems to be once again placed on hold for the time being for whatever reason. Back to playing the waiting game. Sorry folks!
For BlackBerry PlayBook owners, it's been a bit of a wait for OS 2.1 to arrive. It has been rumored to be arriving for quite some time now but that day never came and it has left people wondering where the update is. Some rumors have been floated around suggesting it will arrive on September 20th and while that's certainly plausible, we've taken it upon ourselves to go ahead and look into it a bit further as well.
As it turns out, that date may only be off by a day with the release of OS 126.96.36.1992 (WiFi only we're hearing) and an update that pushes BlackBerry Bridge into v2.1 coming as early as tomorrow. We won't go so far as to say confirmed indefinitely because RIM does have a habit of switching dates at the last minute but feel free to start smashing your button to check for updates starting tomorrow morning, if you simply cannot wait for the notification to arrive.
Jun 27, 2012
BlackBerry Bridge 188.8.131.52 now available
A small update to BlackBerry Bridge is now available. The new version sits at 184.108.40.206 and really only looks to fix one issue some users were having (although there may be other tweaks behind the scenes as well). Ths fix is for users who were experiencing a BlackBerry Browser error when using Bridge.
The update is showing as available in App World however some users are reporting it doesn't look like it can be installed just yet. If you do get it up and running be sure to drop a comment letting us know.
May 14, 2012
BlackBerry Bridge 220.127.116.11 now available
BlackBerry Bridge has again been updated, this time to version 18.104.22.168. The only major note is a fix for devices running OS 7.1. This probably isn't a sign of a BlackBerry PlayBook OS update as it has been many times in the past, but who doesn't love an update? If you're running the current version you should receive a notification to update, or you can head to BlackBerry App World to grab it now.
May 08, 2012
Forthcoming BlackBerry Bridge update set to bring even more functionality to the BlackBerry PlayBook
You'll have to roll with me on this one, as I really don't have "documentation" to show it as fact but word around Waterloo is that RIM has been working hard on the next BlackBerry PlayBook OS update along with an update for BlackBerry Bridge. Right now, we're hearing the OS for the PlayBook is sitting at version 22.214.171.1240 while BlackBerry Bridge is sitting at version 126.96.36.199. So what changes has RIM been working on? A few actually:
BlackBerry Bridge 2.1 - Now offers you the ability to choose Text Messages as a category from the BlackBerry Bridge folder on your PlayBook.
Bridge Over Wi-Fi - You can now seamlessly connect your BlackBerry Smartphone to your PlayBook over a Wi-Fi connection
Needless to say, that's not all the changes that are forthcoming. There will be plenty more but those are some of the highlights we've been hearing most recently. As it stands, there is no date for this to be released or if the versions noted here are final, they could go higher before actual release but the information was worth sharing with you all.
Apr 30, 2012
BlackBerry Bridge updated to v188.8.131.52 - Fixes predictive text issues
If you're a BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone owner you'll be happy to hear that BlackBerry Bridge has just received an update to v184.108.40.206. The change log is short on this one listing only a fix for predictive text issues on PlayBook OS 2.0.1, but I know some of you out there have been anxiously waiting for this to be resolved. Now, as we all know, a Bridge update is usually followed close behind by a PlayBook OS update but whether or not that's the case this time around, I guess time will tell.
The update should be available for most of you in BlackBerry App World, but if not you can try refreshing with ALT+R,S,T or just sit tight and wait for it to be pushed to your device.
Mar 27, 2012
BlackBerry Bridge receives update - now sits at v220.127.116.11
BlackBerry Bridge just received an update bringing it to v18.104.22.168. No change log, as usual, but regardless, you will definitely want to log in to App World and check for the update if you are a BlackBerry PlayBook owner. As we have seen in the past, PlayBook OS updates usually follow shortly behind Bridge updates, so you'll want to be ready for if (when?) that drops. You can snag the update for BlackBerry Bridge at the link below. If it's not showing for you yet you can try refreshing App World or just check back later.
The biggest feature of the updated BlackBerry Bridge app was the Remote Control feature allowing you to control your PlayBook with your BlackBerry phone. BlackBerry Bridge also now gives you the choice to select what items you want to be displayed on your PlayBook. This option is a welcome addition since BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 now has native email, contacts and calendars. If you have those apps added through BlackBerry Bridge and navitely on your PlayBook, you may find that you get double notifications.
So, let's go through getting BlackBerry Bridge setup.
Feb 22, 2012
Where did my BlackBerry Bridge Browser icon go?
By now, I'm sure most CrackBerry readers have updated to PlayBook OS 2.0 and have already been through the ins and outs of it all but in case there is anyone out there who hasn't updated yet -- when you do, you will notice there will no longer be a "BlackBerry Bridge Browser" on your PlayBook. It's not something wrong with the OS, in fact -- it's done that way by design as noted below:
After upgrading to BlackBerry® Bridge™ 2.0 on a BlackBerry® smartphone that is not associated with a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, the Bridge Browser icon is no longer present on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
This is by design as the native Browser provides the same functionality when bridged, therefore making the Bridge Browser redundant.
In other words, when you are connected to your PlayBook via BlackBerry Bridge the browser will use your BlackBerry connection for data usage, unless WiFi is enabled. If WiFi is enabled it will automatically use the WiFi connection associated to your PlayBook. Now, no one has to wonder which browser to use as there is only one to choose from and it will use the appropriate connection.
Feb 20, 2012
BlackBerry Bridge v22.214.171.124 now available in BlackBerry App World
To go along with the release of PlayBook OS 2.0 we're all going to need a new BlackBerry Bridge update and although we heard that update may have been delayed to coincide with the release of PlayBook OS 2.0 to help avoid folks from trying to use features not compatible with their PlayBook, it looks like some folks never got the memo. The original rumored release date of the 20th has stuck and BlackBerry Bridge v126.96.36.199 is now appearing in BlackBerry App World. Go ahead and fire up App World, if it's there -- grab it. If not, sit tight, it'll show up soon.
Dec 20, 2011
BlackBerry Bridge updated to version 188.8.131.52
BlackBerry Bridge has been updated today to version 184.108.40.206 fixing issues where it would not allow users to add a new tablet. While this update may seem small, we know that previously a BlackBerry PlayBook OS update is linked with a BlackBerry Bridge update, so keep your eyes on your PlayBook for an update, and be sure to let us know!
Nov 03, 2011
BlackBerry Bridge updated to version 220.127.116.11
BlackBerry Bridge has received another update, this time to version 18.104.22.168. In the usual RIM fashion there is no change log to go along, so if you do find anything new and exciting be sure to leave a comment and let us know. Hopefully this tweaks up some of the bugs users were having and possibly even works with the PlayBook 2.0 OS. Grab the update from BlackBerry App World at the link below.
BlackBerry Bridge is one of the big selling points of the BlackBerry PlayBook. It allows you to pair up your BlackBerry smartphone so you can securely access your contacts, emails, BBM and calendar. This is especially handy since the PlayBook still doesn't have any native versions of these apps on its own. Many users keep their devices bridged all day long so they have the ability to access these apps on either their phone or tablet.
Personally I don't keep my PlayBook bridged much at all. At times when I'm relaxing on the couch I'll pair up my devices and use the PlayBook for everything, but most times I am either in front of my computer or just use my device for my PIM apps. What we want to know is if you keep your devices bridged all day long or if you only do it at certain times. Pick the option in the poll above that best fits you, then leave a comment below letting us know what works for you.
Sep 15, 2011
BlackBerry Bridge updated to version 22.214.171.124
BlackBerry Bridge has again been updated and now sits at version 126.96.36.199. No word on what's new or changed this time around, so if you come across anything fancy then let us know. Previous releases have tweaked things up a bit and made the app a bit smoother all around, so hopefully this does more of the same. This could also be a good sign that a PlayBook software update is on the way as well, since the last few Bridge updates were closely followed by a new PlayBook OS (but don't hold us to that). BlackBerry Bridge can be updated via BlackBerry App World.
Aug 24, 2011
Are your 3rd party apps working while bridged with the BlackBerry Playbook OS v188.8.131.5242?
One thing that has always bothered me about the BlackBerry PlayBook and more so BlackBerry Bridge is the fact that when using BlackBerry Bridge, none of your apps actually make use of the data connection. You can't download apps from App World, you can't send a tweet off using Blaq and you can't use the browser -- unless tethered. Today though, with the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS update to v184.108.40.20642, something has changed. Third party apps such as Blaq, Poynt, Facebook even our very own CrackBerry PlayBook app -- all now work while bridged to your BlackBerry. Some apps are slower then others but, they do indeed work. One app that doesn't work however, is BlackBerry App World, but could this be a sign of it coming later? Could be, but it could also be a mistake within the OS as well.
Whatever the case may be, we certainly hope it stays and RIM actually improves upon this method of connectivity. Realistically, this makes more sense then "tethering" your BlackBerry using your carriers APN's and having them charge extra for it. Have you tried some apps? Cut off your WiFi, try Bridge and let us know which are or are not working. Sadly, it still appears AT&T is blocking the function but if you found a workaround, feel free to share that as well.
Aug 23, 2011
BlackBerry Bridge updated to v220.127.116.11
Reports are rolling in that BlackBerry Bridge has updated to v18.104.22.168 and is available for download via BlackBerry App World. If you're not seeing it yet, you can try refreshing your app list by pressing Alt+R,S,T and if that doesn't work, you may just have to wait a bit for it to get to you. Let us know if you notice any changes in the comments below, and thanks to everyone that sent this in!
Also, there was rumor earlier today that the BlackBerry PlayBook may see an update in the next few days, and that's looking even more promising since BlackBerry Bridge typically gets an update right before the PlayBook.
Jul 18, 2011
BlackBerry Bridge 22.214.171.124 now available for download
While we all wait for RIM to roll out the the latest BlackBerry PlayBook update that seemingly was delayed, you can now go ahead and download the latest BlackBerry Bridge update. v126.96.36.199 is making its way to users through the BlackBerry App World client or -- you can login to the BlackBerry App World webstore online to expedite the process. Changes? Discuss them in the CrackBerry forums.
Remember when the PlayBook was released, and everyone was all giddy to go and download BlackBerry Bridge was soon as it was live, only to realize that AT&T customers were not supported? Well, after what feels like an eternity it appears as though today AT&T customers will have the ability to download the application officially through BlackBerry App World. Users will be able to access information that is coming to their BlackBerry device, such as emails and calendars, free of charge, but if you want to use the web you will be forced to sign up for the $20 tethering package. Keep in mind, you can still download the "unofficial" version from right here but AT&T could still try to charge you in order to get tethering to work.
Jun 06, 2011
BlackBerry Bridge updated to v188.8.131.52
Although we're still waiting for a BlackBerry Playbook update to roll out, we now have something that will presumably go along with that update. BlackBerry Bridge v184.108.40.206 is now available for download and is said to basically just contain some fixes to address the overall speed when using BlackBerry Bridge with the BlackBerry PlayBook. As of right now, it's still filtering through BlackBerry App World so you might not be seeing it. If not, you can refresh App World or just hit up the link below and grab the OTA. This file is for BlackBerry 6 users only, a version for OS 5 will be up shortly. Thanks, @rr_yy & @theiexplorers
May 19, 2011
Install BlackBerry Bridge via Desktop Manager
Update: It looks like RIM may have pulled this knowledge base article - we'll try to see what's up but for now it looks like the OTA soultion may still be the best bet.
If you're a BlackBerry PlayBook owner that hasn't yet installed BlackBerry Bridge for whatever reason, RIM has made the files available for installation via Desktop Manager. This means that AT&T users who still haven't jumped on the OTA download of the Bridge app can grab the software straight from the source and install to their device from a PC. AT&T still has no sign of making BlackBerry Bridge available to customers anytime soon, but at least users can still get the software through various methods. If you're worried about AT&T catching up with you for using this method - don't be. Hit the link below for more info.
I've had a few days now to play around with BlackBerry Bridge on my PlayBook, and I have to say I do love the functionality. Granted it's not perfect (yet) but for the most part it does get the job done. While the obvious lack of BBM is a big issue at the moment, I am still hopefully that we'll see it (along with other apps) in the near future. I do have some gripes thus far -- some are big...
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 20 Apr 2011 9:56 am EDT
So here's a neat little observation/tip that we didn't previously notice or mention here on the blogs about the BlackBerry PlayBook. It turns out that when you connect a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to a BlackBerry Smartphone via the BlackBerry Bridge, that the Saved WiFi networks stored on the smartphone automatically transfer over to the PlayBook's saved WiFi NetWorks.
You can easily view...
While AT&T is still blocking BlackBerry Bridge at this point, they have at least offered up an official statement on the matter. In case you missed it - AT&T is currently preventing its customers from download BlackBerry Bridge to use with the PlayBook. It appears that they still want to do some testing with the app before releasing it to customers. Spokesman Seth Bloom said:
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 19 Apr 2011 10:49 am EDT
There's no BBM app within the BlackBerry Bridge yet... but it should be there within a few weeks!
When I was working on my BlackBerry PlayBook Review, the version of BlackBerry Bridge I was testing lacked BlackBerry Messenger. RIM said they were working hard to make it available for launch, but it looks like it didn't make it into the build that went gold certified for launch. I reached out...
While AT&T users can't officially download BlackBerry Bridge from App World, there is a solution. Thanks to our faithful members we have the latest version available for download OTA to your device. If you're an AT&T user looking to install BlackBerry Bridge, just head to the link below from your BlackBerry browser. The application will install and you'll be ready to go. We'll keep...
*Update*: While BlackBerry Bridge may not be officially available from App World for AT&T users, you can check this post for a workaround and OTA download. Once installed, AT&T can't stop you. What the hell AT&T?! Lots of us will still buy Tethering plans. At least let us use the Bridge too!
Much like many others I anxiously awoke this morning eager to try out BlackBerry Bridge...
Considering the majority of folks have still yet to actually recieve their BlackBerry PlayBooks let us first say, there is seemingly some issues still with downloading BlackBerry Bridge from App World -- as in it's either not showing, showing as not supported or only installable via the online version of BlackBerry App World. If you see it there and are able to download it, then by all means...
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 16 Apr 2011 5:36 pm EDT
Video PlayBook 101: BlackBerry Bridge Walkthrough. Be sure to read this article so you understand why you won't (likely) want to pay for a tethering plan for your PlayBook, even if your carrier tries to sell you one!
[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]
The BlackBerry Bridge. If you own a BlackBerry Smartphone along with a BlackBerry PlayBook, the BlackBerry Bridge is an awesome value...
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 4 Apr 2011 12:18 pm EDT
As I read through forum threads and check out blog post comments both here on CrackBerry and on other websites, I am noticing there is still a lot of confusion surrounding a few specific aspects of RIM's first tablet. Hopefully RIM's PlayBook marketing efforts will clean up the mess as we near launch, but in the meantime I'll do my best to help the cause. I already addressed the no native...
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 28 Mar 2011 2:35 pm EDT
BlackBerry PlayBook 101: How to setup the BlackBerry Bridge to pair your BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet to your BlackBerry Smartphone
While you don't need to own a BlackBerry Smartphone to go out and buy a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, if you do own both BlackBerry phone and tablet you can take advantage of the BlackBerry Bridge, which connects your tablet to your phone, allowing your tablet to act...
CrackBerry is in no way Affiliated with BlackBerry. We take pride in our unbiased content, however do occasionally receive free products from vendors that we review or discuss. For more info click here.